Why the Eton System?
Kinnarps produce all chairs on order from their customers. The lead-time from order to delivery was an issue they sought to address when Kinnarps and Eton Systems started to evaluate their processes.
Before the Eton System, lead time was 9-10 days from cutting to shipping. Set-up time and other preparations for workstations took a lot of time. This was one big reason Kinnarps started looking for a production system that could help.
Kinnarps identified the Eton System software as an important aspect as well. The ability to have an overview of every single unit produced would reduce waste in production. Eton Systems identified that diminished overproduction would be an outcome as well as lower work-in-progress.
At this time, the workplace furniture manufacturer also saw an expansion throughout Europe. Increased demand for their customized furniture meant that Kinnarps needed a way to keep control of the production of each unique piece of furniture.
Kinnarps aim was to remain 100% customer-driven to be able to always respond to the customer’s needs. They also wanted to be able to keep their production in Sweden and produce furniture with no set-up time.